Jackie Gleason

Birth Name: John Herbert Gleason

Date of Birth: February 26, 1916

Place of Birth: Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Death: June 24, 1987

Place of Death: Lauderhill, Florida, U.S.

*father – Irish, English, Dutch, distant Norwegian and French Huguenot
*mother – Irish

Jackie Gleason was an American comedian, actor, writer, composer, and conductor.

His father, Herbert Walton Gleason, had Irish, some English and Dutch, and distant Norwegian and French Huguenot, ancestry. Jackie’s mother, Mae Agnes “Maisie” (Kelly), was born in Farranree, Cork, Ireland.

Jackie was married to dancer Marilyn Taylor, until his death. He had two children with his former wife, dancer Genevieve Halford. Actor Jason Patric is Jackie’s grandson.

Jackie’s paternal grandfather was named William Walton Gleason. William was born in Ireland.

Jackie’s paternal grandmother was Sarah Jane Fowler (the daughter of John Fowler and Letitia Ann Rider). Sarah was born in New York, and had English, Dutch, and distant Norwegian and French Huguenot, ancestry. Letitia was the daughter of Daniel Rider and Hepsibeth Higbie.

Sources: Genealogy of Jackie Gleason – http://genealogy.kathihill.com

Genealogy of Jackie Gleason (focusing on his father’s side) – https://www.geni.com

Jackie’s father on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org


Curious about ethnicity

3 Responses

  1. follers says:

    Ethnic, is there a picture, please?

  2. andrew says:

    his mother, Mae “Maisie” Kelly, was born in Farranree, Cork, Ireland.

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